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lady michelle obama leading the push for healthier food. but there is something else going on that a growing number of our public schools across this country are seeing. an issue when the students are fed in the school day. our report tonight from nbc's kate tur. >> reporter: 17-year-old joe kanao is rushing out for school. no time for breakfast, class starts at 8:15. his first meal today is pizza, only a couple of bites, though. >> it doesn't sit right with my stomach. >> reporter: that is because it is 9:55 in the morning, joe's regular fourth period lunch. >> i think it is too early. they should have lunch at lunchtime. >> reporter: early, but it is happening across the country. schools in at least six states start lunch before 1:00 in the morning. and in some places they eat as early as 8:30 in the morning. nobody thinks it is ideal, but for many schools like vernon high school here, they simply don't have another choice. >> reporter: a big reason, they say, overcrowded schools and tight budgets. >> we had close to 1900 students here and could only fit about 14 hundred
's top stories. first lady michelle obama received a rock star treatment as she spoke at a fund-raising event at morgan state university on friday. mrs. obama was the guest of honor at the fund-raiser that included a vip reception and a speech to some 2,000 people at the murphy fine arts center. the crowd included people of all ages, tv cameras were not allowed inside. only print reporters. supporters described a focus on health care and education. >> college students receiving pell grants. i'm a student here, graduating senior. i go to school on federal aid. if it wasn't for the bills that barack obama has passed, i would be unable to attend. so that was a highlight. >> it was beyond anything i have ever heard. i have never heard anyone walk on a stage and get such an eruption of powerful love. >> ticket prices for the fund-raiser ranged from $100 to $10,000. that's quite a spread. students at sick more county schools will be a bit cooler next year. they will be receiving air conditioning systems. they include carol manor, seven oaks as well as hereford middle school. 12 more s
. >> all right. >> reporter: the new guidelines are supported by first lady michelle obama's campaign against childhood obesity. >> when we're talking about getting kids running around and playing again, it is important to understand that this isn't just about fun and games. this isn't a joke. it's about their health. >> reporter: schools can provide more servings of fruit, vegetables and low-fat milk for students who need additional calories. >> 850 calories is a nice lunch. that's filling. where the kids are saying they are hungry is several hours later for after-school sports and they don't have the energy to be able to do that. >> reporter: the "we are hungry" video has gotten more than 100,000 views since it was posted last week, a strong message from students who find their new lunch program hard to swallow. now in response to the parody a representative for the usda told nbc news the amount of food on a kid's plate is not much different than in years past. it's simply healthier. the new standards were developed using the latest science at the institute of medicine which determi
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